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General surgeon Bill Sims, MD and Amy Sims, NP, both of Mountain Valley Surgery in Sylva, will now see patients on the second and fourth Fridays of every month at WestCare Medical Park of Franklin.

Dr. Sims and Amy Sims have provided surgical care to Western North Carolina communities for many years and are locally renowned for the quality of care they provide, as well as their strong rapport with patients. They will join other skilled providers at WestCare Medical Park of Franklin, which offers a full range of services including primary care, imaging, and rehabilitation services, as well as other specialty services like orthopaedics and urology.

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Mission Health has announced a pioneering management agreement with Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC). Under that agreement, MAHEC will lead all Mission Medical Associates (MMA) primary care practices.

“MAHEC is nationally known for their quality in educating primary care providers, and they are experts in leading physician practices,” said Jill Hoggard-Green, PhD, RN, Chief Operating Officer of Mission Health and President, Mission Hospital and Mission Medical Associates. “Mission sought out MAHEC to provide management services because of their expertise and leadership. Given that we also share a common vision that is patient-centered, evidencebased and safety net oriented, we wanted to leverage their expertise as a perfect complement to our MMA physicians to further develop and enhance the exceptional care our patients receive.”

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Recently, the fifth session of Angel Medical Center’s Lighten Up 4 Life concluded with some very impressive weight loss totals.

The top team was the ER Angels who lost an amazing 107.9 pounds (12.53% of the teams total weight) and each team member received a Kindle Fire.

The second place team was the Mailbags who lost 88.8 pounds (11.37%) and each received a FitBit.

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Effective Feb. 1, Angel Medical Center is joining the other Mission Health System home health and hospice agencies to form a more integrated, efficient program to meet patient and caregiver needs.

The combined agencies will operate under CarePartners, the Mission Health affiliate for post-acute care. Services to patients will not change.

Clinical and administrative personnel will remain the same and will operate in the community under the name Angel Home Care and Hospice. As a partner with CarePartners, Angel will be better able to manage important medical information, enhance home health and hospice care, and share experiences and expertise between the home care providers.

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